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Update for July 9 – 15, 2012

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Crowning Achievements at the Disney Gallery | Mickey's Halloween Party tickets now on sale to passholders | Small bites | This and That...

Crowning Achievements at the Disney Gallery


The intricate detailing of Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant is evident in this scale model now on display at Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


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A new exhibit at the Disney Gallery celebrates the famous castles of Disney theme parks and feature films. The centerpiece of "Crowning Achievements – Creating Castles for Magical Kingdoms" is a scale model of Sleeping Beauty Castle from Disneyland Paris, considered by many to be the most beautiful of the Disney theme park castles (after all, Disney's castle needed to be more spectacular than the real castles that are its European neighbors').


A scale model of Sleeping Beauty Castle from Disneyland Paris is the centerpiece of the new Disney Gallery exhibit. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Art displayed on the walls surrounding the model are grouped into three collections: "Blue Sky" concept art, including a striking Jules Verne-inspired castle concept for Disneyland Paris; "The Long View," showing how the castles fit into the overall landscape of the park, and; "What's Inside," exploring the interior design of the theme park icons.


One wall of the exhibit is covered with illustrations showing "What's Inside" the Disney theme park castles. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A collection of illustrations shows castles in possible theme park settings. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


This "Blue Sky" version of a futuristic castle for Disneyland Paris shows what Imagineers can dream up when there are no rules. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Reprints of most artwork displayed is available for sale through Disney's Art on Demand program, and a collection of castle-inspired merchandise is offered at the adjacent Disney Gallery gift shop.


Mosaic tile plaques of Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle and Walt Disney World's Cinderella Castle are on sale at the Disney Gallery. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Mickey's Halloween Party tickets now on sale to passholders

Annual Passholders can now purchase tickets to Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland, though Disney has still not released details of the Happiest Haunts tour or the Ultimate Experience package. The separate ticketed costume parties at Disneyland are scheduled for September 28; October 2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 19, 23, 26, 29 and 31. Ticket prices range from $46 to $69 depending on the date and when the tickets are purchased, with the peak nights increasing $5 over the 2011 event price.

The dates and ticket details for each event are:

  • Annual Passholder Advance Purchase Price:
    • $46 for these dates: September 28; October 2, 5, 9, 15, 23
    • $64 for these dates (no discount): October 12, 19, 26
    • $69 for these dates (no discount): October 29, 31
  • Advance Purchase Price:
    • $54 for these dates: September 28; October 2, 5, 9, 15, 23
    • $64 for these dates (no discount): October 12, 19, 26
    • $69 for these dates (no discount): October 29, 31
  • Day-of-Event Ticket Price:
    • $64 for these dates: September 28; October 2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 19, 23, 26
    • $69 for these dates: October 29, 31
  • All Dates – no charge for ages two and under
  • Times – Mondays, Tuesdays and Halloween night from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Fridays: 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Additional information is available on the official event website, on the Annual Passholder section of the Disneyland Resort website (registration is required to view this content), or by calling (714) 781-4400.

Disney Vacation Club members and Disney Visa cardholders can also purchase tickets by calling (714) 781-4636. Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 16.

If you're only interested attending the party, go ahead and grab your tickets now. But if you were planning to also book the Happiest Haunts tour for the same night, you'll have to wait until the Ultimate Experience package goes on sale.

Small bites

A recap of food-related news from the Disneyland Resort:

...During the refurbishment of the Cove Bar this spring, the bar's entrance was relocated so patrons enter through a gate at the side of the seating area instead of though Ariel's Grotto restaurant. The bar also added exterior signage to explain that a $10 per-person cover charge is added to your bill if you stay in the bar to watch World of Color.


The Cove Bar has a new entrance and a more formal World of Color cover charge policy. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The Cove Bar offers a decent vantage spot from which to catch the World of Color, and has the benefit of not requiring a reservation or a Fastpass. The best views are from the tables along the water's edge, though portions of the bar also have a good view. Cast members suggest you arrive at least an hour before the show to get a spot, and warn that tables are never guaranteed.


A sign outside the Cove Bar notifies patrons that a $10 per person cover charge applies for World of Color viewing. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Dulce Adventura, the candy counter that opened last summer in the Pacific Wharf area, is now closed. The location sold candy apples, cookies, and chocolate-dipped items during the Buena Vista Street construction, taking the place of the closed candy section of the former Greetings from California store. With Trolley Treats now open on Buena Vista Street, Dulce Adventura was no longer needed. No word on any possible future uses for the space, which opened in 2001 as the fortune cookie bakery adjacent to the original Lucky Fortune Cookery restaurant.


Dulce Adventura is now closed. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...The popular souvenir sipper cones that sold out during the Cars Land opening weekend were briefly back in stock again over the Independence Day holiday, but sold out once more. However, the Lightning McQueen souvenir container (sold as a popcorn bucket at the Cozy Cone Motel) seems to be in good supply, and is now the centerpiece of a kids meal at Flo's V-8 Cafe. The meal comes with your choice of macaroni and cheese ($11.99) or turkey or roast beef sandwich ($12.99), with fresh fruit, a small drink and the plastic racecar.


Flo's V-8 Cafe offers the Lightning McQueen souvenir container, and a souvenir milkshake glass. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Flo's also offers "Flo's Milkshake" in a souvenir "glass" (plastic, with the restaurant's logo) for $9.59. A "Cars Land" version of the glass is sold at the Cozy Cones, filled with your choice of Root Beer Float (from Cone 2) or Red's Apple Freeze (from Cone 4), also $9.59 each. Cars Land cast members told us there was a third version of the glass available at Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream on Buena Vista Street, but cast members there said they haven't heard of anything.


A new Cars Land souvenir glass is available at the Cozy Cones. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and That...

...Verizon is hosting a contest offering a four-day Disneyland Resort vacation to one lucky winner. Full details on our MousePad discussion forum.


Pick up the latest edition of The Buena Vista Bugle at Disney California Adventure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...The second edition of The Buena Vista Bugle was released last week at Disney California Adventure. The lead story in the free souvenir newspaper is all about the Glow with the Show ears recently released at DCA. You can get your copy from the rack outside the Chamber of Commerce (guest relations) building inside the park.

...The second annual Tinker Bell Half Marathon , the women-focused 13.1-mile event scheduled at Disneyland for Sunday, January 20, 2013, is now 88 percent full. Registration fees increase on July 18, but the event will very likely sell out before then.


Several Disneyland Resort stores have a new purchase-with-purchase backpack offer. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...The World of Disney and select Disneyland park stores have a new purchase-with-purchase offer. This new Mickey Mouse backpack costs $18.95 with a $40 purchase.


A new Braille map of Disney California Adventure is located inside the park's main entrance. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...A Braille map of Disney California Adventure has been installed just inside the park's main entrance. Braille maps of Disneyland were installed last fall, but managers wanted to wait until all the refurbishment concluded before installing a map in DCA. The map features Braille markings and large print text, and highlight companion restrooms and service animal relief areas.


A performer plays a hammered dulcimer in Disney California Adventure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...A new performer playing a hammered dulcimer was spotted across from Grizzly River Run this weekend. The performer says he should be around Sundays and Mondays, but may fill in other days as needed.

...The conversion of Carnation Plaza Gardens into the new Fantasy Faire continues inside Disneyland, with more work visible over the construction walls. It appears that the earthen berm on the west edge of the gardens has been removed, and the facade has been removed from several surrounding buildings. The dance floor canopy has been removed, leaving the metal frame. The stage backdrop is still in place, but covered with construction markings.


The top of the former Carnation Plaza Gardens dance floor canopy has been removed as part of the new Fantasy Faire project. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Carnation Plaza Gardens stage is covered with construction markings. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...We are asked about this every year, so those planning a trip to Disneyland this October should know that the official Utah Education Association (UEA) convention is October 18 and 19, 2012. This convention creates a four-day weekend for students at participating schools, earning the weekend the nickname "Utah Escapes to Anaheim" due to the number of families who take advantage of the fall break to visit Disneyland. Not all Utah schools send teachers to that convention, and some seem to schedule an alternate planning day the week before or after—but expect October 18 through 22 to be the dates the Disneyland Resort sees the greatest impact.

...Disney Legend Dave Smith, Chief Archivist Emeritus from the Walt Disney Archives, is scheduled to be at Disneyland next Saturday, July 14, 2012 to sign copies of his new book Disney Trivia from the Vault. The event is at the Disneyana Shop inside Disneyland from from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Get more information on the event website.

...Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano on the animated TV series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, will be at Disneyland Saturday, July 21 to sign new releases in the "Her Universe" clothing collection. Get more information on the event website.

...Artist Larry Dotson is featured in an Artist Showcase at the Disney Gallery on July 17 and 18. Dotson will be on hand from noon to midnight each day to meet collectors and sign purchases. Get more information on the event website.

…The MousePlanet Newsletter is here! The newsletter contains a recap of the week's articles (in case you miss a day), news that may have developed since the weekly Updates were published, and tips about what's happening at the Disney theme parks for the coming weekend. We'll also include a fun MouseAdventure bonus, such as an Eye Spy or a trivia question. To subscribe to our free newsletter, go to the MousePlanet main page and enter your email address in the top right box labeled "Join the MousePlanet Newsletter." Click Join, then fill out the fields in the registration page, including your first and last name. The Newsletter is free, but you must complete this registration to receive it, even if you may have signed up for one with us in the past.

…Visitors planning trips to the Disneyland Resort should make a point to check the Current Refurbishment/Attraction Closures section each week for the most recent updates. The Disneyland Resort Web site currently only publishes refurbishment information about six weeks in advance. Be sure to check the most recent Park Update (link) for the latest changes, as MousePlanet does not edit past Park Updates to reflect changes.

Crowd Forecast

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Crowd information and forecasts are provided by TouringPlans.com, the website of the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland, to help you better plan your trip to the Disneyland Resort. TouringPlans.com gathers wait time data from a team of in-park researchers and users of their Lines mobile phone application, and then predicts crowd levels for the next 365 days. Using a scale from 1 to 10, TouringPlans.com has a 90 percent accuracy of predicting the crowds to within 1 point, helping visitors prepare for their trips so they can "Do more. Wait less."

Summer vacation season remains in high gear this week at Disneyland Resort. TouringPlans.com can help you navigate the crowds with our per-park Crowd Calendar, Lines - Mobile Wait Times App that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and Touring Plans detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. Now that school is out, it's a good time to subscribe to TouringPlans.com to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!

Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our Crowd Calendar.

Date Overall
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 10 / 10
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 10 / 10
Thursday, July 12, 2012 10 / 10
Friday, July 13, 2012 10 / 10

Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you'll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:

  • Southern California Annual Passports are now blocked out through August 19.
  • Full blockouts on Saturday.
  • Waits at the FASTPASS machines for Radiator Springs Racers (located near It's Tough to Be a Bug) have been as long as 45 minutes at official park opening.
  • Due to its incredibly low capacity, consider riding Luigi's Flying Tires standby right after starting your day by grabbing a FASTPASS for Radiator Springs Racers.

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Community Events

Come CHOC Walk with Team MousePlanet

Team MousePlanet is back for our fifth year at the CHOC Walk in the Park, benefiting Children's Hospital Orange County. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our readers, Team MousePlanet has raised over $27,000 for CHOC since 2008. The 2012 race is Sunday, October 14 at the Disneyland Resort. Registration is now open—visit the CHOC website to join us! You can also visit our MousePad discussion forum for more information about the walk and our team.

Volunteer with Team MousePlanet at the Disneyland Half Marathon

Team MousePlanet is looking to form a group to volunteer during the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, August 30 to September 2, 2012. Non-runners are welcome. Visit our MousePad discussion forum for additional information.

Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Note: Not all of these have been officially confirmed by Disney, and are all subject to change at any time. We recommend checking for updates as you plan your visit.

Disneyland

  • Plaza Gardens – closed until winter 2013 for the construction of Fantasy Faire.

Disney California Adventure

  • None currently scheduled

Note: Refurbishment schedules are estimates only. All information is subject to change without notice. To get the most recent updates, call Disneyland at (714) 781-7290.

Resort Events

Check here to see if a large convention, competition or park event might fall during your next trip to the Disneyland Resort. If you know of any in-park events, official or unofficial, that should be listed here, please send us an e-mail (link).

2012

Summer
  • "Disney Trivia from the Vault" book release and signing – July 14. Disney Legend Dave Smith, Chief Archivist Emeritus from the Walt Disney Archives, will be at Disneyland to sign copies of his new book "Disney Trivia from the Vault." The event is at the Disneyana Shop inside Disneyland from from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. More information at the event website.
  • Artist Showcase with Larry Dotson – July 17-18. Dotson will be on hand at the Disney Gallery from Noon to Midnight each day to meet collectors and sign purchases. More information on the event website.
  • "Her Universe" Product Debut and Signing with Ashley Eckstein – July 21. Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano, on the animated TV series, "Star Wars: The Clone Wars", will be at Disneyland to sign new releases in the "Her Universe" clothing collection. More information at the event website.
  • Destination D: 75 Years of Disney Animation – August 11 and 12. This D23 event returns to the Disneyland Resort in 2012. Additional details and registration information at www.Disney.com/D23.
  • 5th Annual Taste of Downtown Disney – Thursday, August 16. This annual fundraiser for Children's Hospital Orange County includes appetizers and wine tasting at several participating Downtown Disney restaurants. Registration is not yet open, check back for additional details.
  • 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend (sold out) – August 31 to September 2.

Fall

  • Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort – September 14 through October 31.
  • Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland – September 28; October 2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 19, 23, 26, 29 and 31. Advance-purchase tickets now are on sale to Disney Vacation Club members and Disney Visa Cardholders by calling 714-781-4636. Tickets go on sale to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders on July 9, and to the general public on July 16 via Disneyland.com or by calling (714) 781–4000.
  • 14th annual Gays Days at the Disneyland Resort (unofficial event) – October 5-7. Event attendance will be higher at Disneyland on Saturday and at Disney California Adventure on Sunday (link).
  • CHOC Walk in the Park – Sunday October 14. The annual fundraiser for Children's Hospital Orange County takes place before park hours in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. The Magic Morning normally scheduled for Sunday at Disneyland will likely be rescheduled to Monday, October 15, and Disneyland will likely open at 9 a.m. to accommodate the event. Team MousePlanet is back for our 5th year, and we welcome new members - visit the CHOC website to join us! You can also visit our MousePad discussion forum for more information about the walk and our team.
  • Utah Education Association convention (UEA, a.k.a. "Utah Escapes to Anaheim") – October 18 & 19 (link). Expect unusually large attendance levels October 18–22 as Utah students and families take advantage of a 4-day weekend created by their school's participation in a state education convention. Not all Utah schools or teachers close for or attend UEA, but the impact on the Resort is usually noticeable enough to mention.

2013

  • 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – January 18–20. Registration is now open and filling up fast.
  • Grad Nite events – this party for high school seniors graduating in 2013 will be held on 22 dates in 2013: May 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31
    June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21. The 2013 event includes admission to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure during regular operating hours, and a private party in Disneyland after the park closes to the public for the night.
  • D23 Expo – August 9 to 11. Tickets for the three-day convention go on sale August 9, 2012.

We also recommend checking the convention calendar at the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau website (link). When looking at that site, remember to note both the number of people and the number of rooms resulting from each convention. A gathering of 25,000 people booking few room nights (indicating most will be driving in to the area for their meeting) can impact traffic around the resort much more than a crowd of 25,000 staying in area hotels. Of course, that second group is going to make finding a hotel room more difficult (and possibly more expensive), so it's best to book your own room as early as possible if you see that a big convention is in town during your trip.

Current Discounts & Promotions

Disneyland prices as of May 20, 2012.

Note: MousePlanet does not edit past Updates to reflect price increases; for up-to-date prices check the most recent Disneyland Resort Update.

Several current promotions offer discounted admission to the Disneyland Resort. For your convenience, we have grouped the discount offers based on the number of days the tickets are valid. Check out the category that best matches the amount of time you plan to spend at the resort, and pick the offer that works best for you. And keep those tips coming—let us know if you find a better or different offer, so we can share it with other readers!

This first section is a list of discounts on ticket–only purchases. Though it has become more common in recent years, Disneyland tickets are rarely offered at deep discounts unless you are a resident of Southern California or Northern Mexico. For residents outside that area, the best discounts available tend to be simple advance purchase discounts.

If you know of any additional discounts, offers, promotions, or contests that should be listed in this section, drop us a line. Note, we are no longer listing offers from the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, as their convenience fee negates any savings.

One Day, One Park Ticket – Regularly $87/$81

One Day Park Hopper – Regularly $125/$119

No discounts currently available to the general public.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any discounts are available through them.

Two Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $170/$158

Two Day Park Hopper – Regularly $200/$188

No discounts currently available to the general public.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any discounts are available through them.

Three Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $220/$205

Three Day Park Hopper – Regularly $250/$235

Get Away Today Vacations offer – MousePlanet sponsor Get Away Today Vacations has a very limited quantity of 3-Day Park Hopper Bonus Tickets at the pre-increase price of $224 for adults, $208 for children 3-9, a savings of up to $27 per ticket. Here are the details from their website:

Ticket Rules:

  • Tickets must be purchased with a Get Away Today hotel package. Combine your discount Disney tickets with our reduced hotel rates and/or free night hotel specials to save the most! All of our vacation packages are bundled with these discount tickets, so you don't have to do anything extra to get these tickets.
  • The included discount Disney tickets are PHYSICAL tickets, which allow you to avoid ticketing booth wait times. Just take your tickets and go straight through the turnstile!
  • These tickets must be treated like cash and are not replaceable if lost or stolen.
  • These tickets are valid through December 31, 2012 and are NON-refundable.
  • These tickets are currently not available for travel within five days.
  • Adult tickets are $224 and child (ages 3-9) tickets are $208. This is a savings of $26 for an adult and $27 for a child!

Disney Military Promotional 3–Day Park Hopper Ticket ($95) – A discounted price offered to active or retired U.S. military personnel or their spouses. Based on past offers, Disney defines "Eligible Service Members" as active or retired members of the US military, including active members of the National Guard or Reservists and active or retired members of the US Coast Guard. This discount is available at MWR/ITT offices at your military base, or at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths. Valid military ID is required. The price is the same for adults and children, and total of six tickets may be purchased per military member, regardless of who purchases the tickets (the member or their spouse). Tickets must be purchased by Sept 30, 2012. The ticket has the following blockout date: July 4, 2012.

As far as we can tell, there is no "fuse" on this ticket, so you may have more than the standard 13 days from first use to use the remaining two admissions, but we highly recommend you contact your base MWR/ITT office for more details before making travel plans. Please note that this ticket is not a "bonus" ticket, and so does not include an early admission day.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if other discounts are available through them.

Four Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $245/$225

Four Day Park Hopper – Regularly $275/$255

No discounts currently available to the general public.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any discounts are available through them.

Five Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $260/$240

Five Day Park Hopper – Regularly $290/$270

No discounts currently available to the general public.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any discounts are available through them.

Six Day, One Park per Day Ticket

Six Day Park Hopper

No longer offered by Disneyland. Some travel providers may offer 6-day or longer tickets to international customers as part of a package; residents of Canada, Australia or the UK should check with local travel agencies to see what options may be available to you.

Disneyland Resort Annual Passports

No discounts currently available for new purchases. California residents can take advantage of the monthly–payment plan when purchasing any but the Premier Annual Passport.

Premier Annual Passport: $849 [Valid at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort; includes parking]
Premium Annual Passport: $649 [includes parking]
Deluxe Annual Passport: $469
Southern California Annual Passport: $329
SoCal Select Annual Passport: $269
Parking Add On: $129 [Add on to Deluxe, SoCal and SoCal Select passes. Has same blockout days as corresponding pass]
Blockout Day Ticket: $70 [Grants one–day park–hopper admission to an annual passholder on a blockout day]

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if other discounts are available through them.

Southern California CityPass
$279/$239

Southern California CityPass PLUS
$311/$263

2012 Southern California CityPass ($279/$239) – This pass includes a 3–Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Ticket (including one early–entry day), a one–day admission to Sea World San Diego and a one-day admission to Universal Studios Hollywood. The CityPass expires 14 days after first use at any location, and the first use must occur by December 31, 2012. Purchase CityPass through the Disneyland Website or on–site at the ticket booths of Disneyland Resort or the other theme parks included in the pass. You can also purchase directly from the CityPass Website, though a shipping charge may apply depending on how quickly you need the ticket.

2012 Southern California CityPass PLUS ($311/$263) – This pass includes a 3–Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Ticket (including one early–entry day), a one–day admission to Sea World San Diego and a one-day admission to Universal Studios Hollywood, PLUS one–day admission to either San Diego Zoo or San Diego Safari Park. The CityPass expires 14 days after first use at any location, and the first use must occur by December 31, 2012. This upgraded pass is only available for purchase directly from the CityPass Website.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if other discounts are available through them.

Hotel/Travel Packages

Costco Travel Packages – Many different travel packages including visits to Disneyland and Disneyland hotels are available through Costco. When purchasing a Costco Disneyland travel package, extras that will be included are: Mickey's Toontown Madness admission (currently available Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays), a character breakfast collectible pin and lanyard, and a Costco luggage tag per person, plus a $20 Disneyland Resort gift card per package.

Disney's Resort Magic and Good Neighbor Magic Packages – Package includes accommodations one of the three resort hotels or at one of 40 Good Neighbor hotels; Souvenir Park Hopper ticket with voucher for admission to Mickey's Toontown Morning Madness, plus one Magic Morning (early entry) for three–day or longer Park Hoppers; preferred seating at three DCA attractions (Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular, Muppet*Vision 3D, It's Tough to be a Bug!); Preferred Showing of Turtle Talk with Crush (Priority Viewing at the first Turtle Talk with Crush show of the day, on any one day – one voucher per Guest); Disney Dream coin keepsake (one per package), luggage tag and lanyard with pin; a Downtown Disney Fun Card; and a "Character Call" from Mickey, Minnie, Goofy or Crush. Contact Disney Travel or your favorite travel agent.

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Other Discounts

Annual Passholder offers – Disneyland has once again extended the 20% merchandise discount offered to Premium annual passholders. The discount is now valid through December 31, 2012.

Purchase with Purchase offers – Disneyland Resort shops frequently offer a reduced–price souvenir (often a tote bag, watch, or blanket) with a qualifying minimum purchase. The current offers are:

Disneyland shops

  • Coastal tote bag for $15.95 with a minimum purchase of $25.
  • Pin Trading Starter Set for $18.95 with a $40 purchase.
  • Mickey Mouse Backpack for $18.95 with a $40 purchase.

Disney California Adventure shops

  • Disney tote bag for $15.95 with a minimum purchase of $25.
  • Expandable duffel bag for $17.95 with a minimum purchase of $25.
  • Mickey Mouse watch for $17.95 with a $30 purchase.

Downtown Disney / Disneyland Resort Hotel shops

  • Expandable duffel bag for $17.95 with a minimum purchase of $25.
  • Coastal tote bag for $15.95 with a minimum purchase of $25.
  • Pin Trading Starter Set for $18.95 with a $40 purchase.
  • Mickey Mouse Backpack for $18.95 with a $40 purchase.

Character Dining Vouchers – Discounted character dining vouchers are available for purchase online, in advance of your trip, through Get Away Travel.

Disney Visa – Cardholders have access to a private Character Meet 'N' Greet photo opportunity at Disney California Adventure, and receive one free 5x7 photograph per visit. Cardholders also receive 10% off qualifying merchandise purchases of $50 or more from Disney–operated retail stores, 10% off at selected Disneyland Resort restaurants, (Big Thunder Ranch, River Belle Terrace, French Market, Cocina Cucamonga, Steakhouse 55, PCH Grill and Storyteller's Café), and 20% off the "Welcome to Disneyland," "A Walk in Walt’s Footsteps," and "Discover the Magic" guided tours. See the Disney Visa website for terms and conditions.

Landry's Select Club – Members of the Landry's Select Club get priority seating at the Rainforest Cafe when available (which makes a huge difference on busy days), and a 10% discount on retail purchases. This club replaces the former Rainforest Cafe Safari Club as of March 31, 2012. If you are already a Safari Club member, you can migrate your membership to the new Landry's Select Club at no charge, and start to earn points in the new program. All Safari Club points and benefits expire on March 31, so if you have any gift certificates left to redeem, you have just a week to do so. The new Select Club eliminated the entree discount and free appetizer offer that was included with the Safari Club, replacing them with a point–based system that gives you a $25 gift certificate after you spend $250. If you are not yet a member of either the Safari Club or the Landry's Select Club, you can pre–purchase your membership before your trip. Membership now costs $25, but comes with a $25 reward.

ESPNZone MVP Club – Membership in the MVP Club does not offer any discounts on food. However, once a member you can make an online reservation for your party up to three days in advance and will get a 25% increase in points purchased when playing games in the Sports Arena (and 40 bonus points at activation). You must register online and your membership card will then be mailed to you within two weeks. The card must then be activated at any ESPNZone by the person who signed up for the card and ID will be required (link).

Park Schedule/Blockout Dates

DL: Disneyland
DCA: Disney California Adventure

Annual Pass blockouts:

  • SL – Southern California Select Annual Pass
  • SC – Southern California Annual Pass
  • DX – Deluxe Annual Pass

Early Admission: (full description available on the Disneyland website)

  • MM – Magic Morning for 3-plus day ticket holders
  • EMH – Extra Magic Hour for Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests
  • AP – Early Entry for Annual Passholders with advance reservations
  • TT – Toontown Morning Madness at Disneyland

Disneyland Resort Special Events:

7/8 7/9 7/10

7/11

7/12 7/13 7/14
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

 

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None
 

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM / TT

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
None
7/15 7/16 7/17

7/18

7/19 7/20 7/21
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Disneyland's anniversary

 

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None
 

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM / TT

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
None
7/22 7/23 7/24

7/25

7/26 7/27 7/28
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

 

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None
 

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM / TT

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
None
7/29 7/30 7/31

8/1

8/2 8/3 8/4
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

 

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None
 

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM / TT

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
None
8/5 8/6 8/7

8/8

8/9 8/10 8/11
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

 

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None
 

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM / TT

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
None
8/12 8/13 8/14

8/15

8/16 8/17 8/18
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

 

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None
 

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM / TT

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
None

Visit our Annual Passholders Blockout Dates page to see more dates. You can see future calendar schedules at Disneyland. As always, specifics are subject to change without notice (or occasionally, without us noticing) so when information conflicts between what is presented here and that presented by Disney, it is best to assume Disney's information is correct.

Visit the Park Hours section of our Disneyland Park guide for additional details about Magic Morning and Toontown Morning Madness, including available attractions.

Entertainment schedule: Go directly to the Disneyland Resort schedule for this week at Disneyland.com here.

 



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